The month of February was a challenging month for me, and one I am sure thankful has ended. Yet in spite of my being sick every day and in bed or on the couch, the girls and their daddy have made the best of it.
Abby and Annabelle joined their daddy on a hike to “Pride Rock” in early February. After seeing the pictures Jon took, it was a good thing I was not along, or our girls would not have been on that rock! I am glad they had a good time and got some really neat pictures of their adventure.
Emma is quickly becoming a daddy’s girl as well after a month of going “bye bye” with daddy most every day. Oftentimes Jon takes them to the orphanage property where they can play on the playground. She loves to be outside and is eager to give me a kiss and say “bye bye” when leaving with her daddy.
Jon has also given her cookies, ice cream…etc. which only makes her desire to be with him even more! She is nearing Jon’s “favorite age” of our children, between 2-5, a time when they say and do the cutest things. An example of that would be Annabelle’s difficulty in pronouncing the letter “s”. So she says that she has “_choolwork” to do and does not want to get a “_panking”.
On one outing with daddy, Abby and Annabelle went with Jon to visit a Togolese friend and his family. They had a great time chasing his chickens around and trying to hold them in their arms.
Valentine’s Day is one we always look forward to as a family. Though lower key this year, we enjoyed making cards for each other, picking the name of someone in our family and buying them a little something special, homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast and the girls had a daddy/daughter date night to a local restaurant.
Jon left early the morning of the 14th and had a friend take the sweetest picture of him in front of a huge red heart he found in town that said “I love you! It was such a thoughtful way to express his love.
The girls have all been so sweet and considerate while I’ve been lying around like a slug for the month. Abby is quick to go for a cold washrag for my head when I throw up or some toilet paper to wipe my mouth. Annabelle will rub my back and Emma gets involved as well. She likes to imitate mommy vomiting in the bowl or pushes my head out of the way so she can see what was thrown up! Maybe she’ll be a nurse one day, as gross things don’t seem to affect her as they might others. Abby and Annabelle were both concerned the first several days that I threw up that I might just throw up the baby! I quickly put their fears to rest by explaining that that was not possible. Annabelle also likes to remind me that anytime I eat something the baby is eating it too…. which big sister explained to her.
Our evenings this month have been filled with fun family games or a movie while all gathered in our bedroom with the A/C unit. It’s really warming up here as we are now into hot season, so supper and the last few hours of the evening are spent together in the cooler temperature of our bedroom in an attempt to avoid eating in the dining room where it is over 90 degrees! Abby learned Monopoly this past week, which she is really enjoying. God has been so good to give us so much time together as a family, which I will always cherish, especially during these sweet childhood years of our girls.
Thank you to all who have prayed for my health over this past month. God has been so good and is giving me daily the strength that I need. We are excited to meet #4 in September and Jon can’t wait to find out if he is finally getting that boy that he has been hoping for, or if we’ll have four little women. Either way, of course, will be wonderful!